Tigers sim­ply too good for tired Crocs

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

NIGHT­CLIFF main­tained its dom­i­nance over South­ern Dis­tricts when it beat the Croc­o­diles by 57 points in their Premier League clash at TIO Sta­dium.

Dis­tricts threw ev­ery­thing at the Tigers in the early ex­changes in their an­nual ‘T for Thomas’ match be­fore Night­cliff’s air­tight de­fence and bet­ter use of the foot­ball pro­duced their 14th win of the sea­son.

Util­ity Shaun Wil­son said the spe­cial oc­ca­sion and im­por­tance of the match meant Dis­tricts were ready to go from the first bounce.

“But when we were able to get the game on our terms we were able to get away and grind things out,” he said.

Dis­tricts took ad­van­tage of an in­ac­cu­rate Night­cliff when they led by eight points at the first change.

Goals by third gamer Jae­den Watts from a free and Jeff Gar­lett in a low-scor­ing term gave the Croc­o­diles the early points, much of it gained by Night­cliff’s in­abil­ity to kick a goal.

The nor­mally flu­ent Tigers missed sev­eral gilt-edged chances, with Trent Melville and Matt Brick­nell among the guilty par­ties.

But the sec­ond term changed all that. The Tigers be­gan to hunt in num­bers and share the foot­ball to their ad­van­tage, re­sult­ing in a flood of goals.

Blake Gre­war kicked their first goal af­ter five min­utes of the sec­ond term and 15 min­utes later they had seven on the board with­out a miss.

Bendigo re­cruit Lach­lan Sharp booted three goals in the term on his way to five for the match.

Dis­tricts twice climbed to within range of their op­po­nents in the all-im­por­tant third quar­ter, but cru­cial misses from the Far­rer broth­ers, Will and Josiah, pre­vented them do­ing any fur­ther dam­age.

A late solo ef­fort by Ryan Mu lifted the Tigers to a 23point lead at three quar­ter­time and that was the end of Dis­tricts’ re­sis­tance.

Ev­ery Night­cliff player got in­volved in the last quar­ter when they kicked five goals to noth­ing.

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